Egyptian Red Lentil Soup Recipe

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Egyptian Red Lentil Soup
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  1. Soak red lentils in cool water for 1/2 hour, then drain well.
  2. Heat olive oil in the bottom of a large stockpot.
  3. Add onions and garlic.
  4. Saute for 2 minutes until onions are transparent.
  5. Add bay leaf, turmeric and cumin.
  6. Add well drained tomatoes.
  7. Add carrots and celery and cook 3 minutes.
  8. Add potatoes and stir and cook for 3 minutes.
  9. Add soaked lentils and 4 cups broth.
  10. Add cayenne pepper and crushed red peppers and salt to taste to pot.
  11. Bring the contents of pot to boil over medium heat.
  12. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until lentils are soft.
  13. Remove bay leaf and puree the soup until smooth(I use an immersion blender).
  14. Return the soup to pot and taste to adjust seasoning.
  15. Add lime juice and stir the soup.
  16. Ladle into soup bowls.
  17. Great with pita bread and a green salad.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 182.97 Kcal (766 kJ)
Calories from fat 17.67 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.96g 3%
Sodium 656.68mg 27%
Potassium 627.35mg 13%
Total Carbs 29.87g 10%
Sugars 4.09g 16%
Dietary Fiber 11.79g 47%
Protein 9.45g 19%
Vitamin C 17.6mg 29%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 11%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Calcium 66.1mg 7%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 54.67 Kcal (229 kJ)
Calories from fat 5.28 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.59g 3%
Sodium 196.2mg 27%
Potassium 187.44mg 13%
Total Carbs 8.92g 10%
Sugars 1.22g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3.52g 47%
Protein 2.82g 19%
Vitamin C 5.3mg 29%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 11%
Iron 0.9mg 17%
Calcium 19.7mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 3
  • 4

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • cholesterol free,
  • good source of fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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